The spring menu at Malmaison Birmingham is a tasty two or three course affair depending on your choice. I went along to try how the spring menu measures up as a dairy-free diner and I had a really good experience. If you require a dairy-free option then it is best to let Malmaison know when you book the table. This gives them a chance to work out some alternatives for each course if needed. The spring menu has a number of…

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I have finally visited Gusto Birmingham after months of mixed reviews. Those that enjoy this restaurant seem to love it with ahem gusto and others seem to be unenthusiastic and almost disinterested. From my visit, I’ve fallen into the latter category. On arrival, we were seated in the bar area of Gusto Birmingham, which has lots of natural light from the large windows. It is a nice space for drinks but I found it a little noisy even for a…

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  Since hurting my back in February, I have been struggling to work at my old desk so we got a sit-stand desk from Ikea. It is brilliant as it means that I can move it to suit me when I feel well enough to work. My neck and arm pain prevent me from working great lengths of time and I have to maintain a disciplined approach of working little and often whilst I am rehabilitated after my back injury. To…

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Style and comfort are a constant wardrobe frustration for me, especially given that I have back and neck pain. I went to Hotter in Solihull for their blogger event to explore what they have that could help. I was delighted to see that there were lots of options with colours reflecting the same offerings across the high street fashion stores. It means that I don’t necessarily have to feel out of touch with current trends and the lightweight, cushioned styles…

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Hidden above the shops on New Street is the Macdonald Burlington hotel’s restaurant, the home to their Scottish Steak Club. As a hotel restaurant I had never really had a reason to visit but when I did recently I pleasantly surprised. The hotel seems quiet and the view over New Street is lovely when the evening sun makes itself known. Mr Ting and I were seated by the window in a romantic spot for our dinner date. The menu was…

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